Co-Founder and CEO of Droga5
Andrew Essex is the former Chief Executive officer of Tribeca Enterprises, a multi-platform storytelling company based in New York City, and the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival. Until 2015, Andrew Essex was the Vice Chairman and founding CEO of Droga5, arguably the most celebrated creative agency on the planet, which was acquired by the William Morris Endeavor talent agency in 2013. In addition to winning multiple “Agency of the Year” awards, Droga5 has been featured in New York magazine, the New York Times, and the New York Observer.
Prior to his role overseeing what The Guardian called “the most exciting agency on the planet,” he was an award-winning journalist and founding editor-in-chief of Absolute magazine, the acclaimed luxury lifestyle publication, which was named “one of the 50 Best Magazines in America” by the Chicago Tribune. Before running Absolute, Essex was the executive editor of Details magazine from 2000-2004, which under his leadership won numerous awards, and repeat appearances on Ad Age’s “Hot List.”
Andrew has also held editorial posts, among other publications, at Entertainment Weekly, Salon.com, and The New Yorker. He has served as a television commentator for several networks and his writing—from cover profiles of the most interesting public figures of our time to long-form features to critical reviews—have appeared in major publications. He is author of “The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die and the Creative Resurrection to Come” and the co-author of: “A Very Public Offering: The Story of the Globe.com,” “Chasing Cool, and “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny,”. Essex has an MA in American Literature from New York University. He lives with his wife and two children in Dumbo.